Putting my experiences of Life In NYC in a more personal perspective, and checking in with international/national, tech and some other news
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Council Member Mark Levine
2016 dealt some serious blows to values dear to so many of us--tolerance, social justice, and even truth. But I am confident that in 2017 New Yorkers will respond as we always have whenever weâ€™ve faced challenges in the past: by coming together, by standing firm in our beliefs, and by supporting our most vulnerable.
And I am excited to close out the year by announcing a big win for our district: working with Mayor de Blasio we have secured funding for development of a new building on W. 152nd St. with 100% affordable apartments (details below).
I look forward to continuing to work with you and for you in the year ahead. Â Wishing you and your family a joyous and peaceful holiday season.
Mark Levine Council Member, 7th District
Creating 38 Affordable Units in HarlemÂ
I am thrilled to announce that in collaboration with the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), I have helped secure a deal bringing 38 affordable units to the long-vacant site formerly owned by Dance Theater of Harlem on West 152nd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.
The location had previously been slated for an entirely market-rate development, but will now become a 100% affordable project.
The building will include a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments, with subsidized rents starting at $648 for one-bedrooms and $777 for two-bedrooms.
We expect to have details on the application process for this affordable housing in late 2017 and will keep you informed of future updates.
One of my top legislative priorities since taking office has been to bring our schools into the 21st Century by drastically increasing the number of computer science classes to keep up with the modern economy. Recently, I passed legislation to help us prepare a diverse generation of young New Yorkers for careers in technology by requiring the Department of Education to report on the progress of the Cityâ€™s Computer Science for Allinitiative.
Want to Get Involved in Your Neighborhood? Apply for Membership to Your Local Community Board!
Community Boards are the most grassroots form of local government, and are pivotal in shaping our communities by working to enhance and protect the character of our neighborhoods. In fact, before I was elected to the City Council, I proudly served as the Chair of Manhattan Community Board 12â€™s Transportation Committee for five years. If youâ€™re looking to make a difference by making key decisions about transportation, land use, and quality of life issues in your own community, I encourage you to apply online here or complete a paper application, downloadable as a PDF by Friday, February 3, 2017. Please contact Stephanie Bello at my office if you have any questions and to let us know you've applied at (212) 928-6814.
New York State of Health Insurance Sign-Up
On Thursday, January 19th, my office will be hosting a low/no-cost insurance sign-up event at the Childrenâ€™s Aid Society, located at 885 Columbus Avenue, from 1 - 5 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to sign up for insurance plans, ensuring that individuals and families have access to affordable healthcare. To RSVP for this event, please call (212) 928-6814 or RSVP atÂ our website.
CM Levine, City Council Jewish Caucus Meet with NYPD Commissioner on Hate Crimes
In response to the alarming increase in hate crimes reported by the NYPD since this yearâ€™s election, my colleagues and I on the City Council Jewish Caucus met with Police Commissioner James Oâ€™Neill to discuss how the City can better respond to these vile incidents.
Financial Literacy Course for Teens Sponsored by Broadway Housing Communities:
Year Up New York
Is actively recruiting 17-24 year olds who are interested in starting their career in business (finance/sales) or technology (IT). If you work with young people who are mature and hungry for an opportunity, Year Up New York is looking for young people who have never been to college and young women who they can introduce to careers in technology through their Women in Tech Initiative. Year Up is an intensive, one year program that offers paid training, paid internships, and employment placement with over 40 Fortune 500 companies here in New York City. Those interested should fill out Year Up's online interest form.
The 28th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive
New York Cares' Annual Coat Drive kicked off mid-November with 125,000 coat requests from the community left to fufill. They're relying on us to keep tens of thousands of New Yorkers warm throughout the coldest months of the year. ToÂ Drop off a coat at a collection pointÂ just type your zipcodeÂ in to locate a collection point near you.
A Different Kind of Holiday Donation Drive
Low-income working parentsâ€”especially homeless parentsâ€”face a problem when using child care: the services often require supplying their childâ€™s own disposable diapers. Without diapers, the parents canâ€™t go to work. To remedy this, my colleague Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in partnership with the Food Bank For New York City, are mounting a "Holiday Diaper Driveâ€ to collect these vital items for low-income New Yorkers.Â Hereâ€™s how you can help:
Bring new, sealed boxes of diapersâ€”sizes 3, 4, 5 or 6, but especially 4 & 5â€”to either of the Borough President's offices: 1 Centre St. (19th Fl. South) or 431 W. 125th St. (storefront).Â
Thursday, January 12th, 7:00pm Student Recital Music Access Project: students present solo recitals as Music Access Project student present solo recitals. Free and open to the public. Bloomingdale School of Music - 323 West 108thÂ Street.
Friday, January 13th, 7:00pmÂ Celestial Mechanics George Crumb's â€œCelestial Mechanicsâ€ creates a cosmic choreography of musical shapes and sounds. Also performed will be Debussy and Faure who paved the way for the innovations of Crumb. Free and open to the public.Â Bloomingdale School of Music - 323 West 108thÂ Street.
Thursday, January 19th, 7:00pmÂ Music Access Project Student Recital Music Access Project students present solo recitals as Music Access Project student present solo recitals. Free and open to the public. Bloomingdale School of Music - 323 West 108thÂ Street.
Explore the City with FREE ADMISSION at these Diverse NYC Cultural Institutions: